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SRI LANKAN FOLK SONGS : Asking for Permission to Sing (Opening Song)

from by Piyasara and Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi

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Introduction and Asking for Permission to Sing (Opening Song)

Opening Song, called “Awasara Genima” in Sinhala, is sung in praise of first, the parents and teachers, and then of the God Mahikanthawa, chief deity and the guardian god of the art.


පවර උතුම් අපෙ දෙමාපියන් හට
වැන්දෙමි පලමුව සිරස නමා...//

ඉවර නොවන තද දුක් උසුලා මට
ශිල්ප පුහුනු කල ගුරු උතුමා...//

නොහැර වඳිමි හැඩ ගුරුකම අධිපති
මිහිකත සුරපුර දෙවිඳුතුමා...//

ලහිරු මඩලවන් ශිල්පෙට අධිපති
දෙවිඳුට වැන්දෙමි සිරස නමා..//

Pawara Uthum Ape Demapiyan Hata
Vendemi Palamuwa Sirasa Nama...//

Iwara Nowana Tada Duk Usula Mata
Shilpa Puhunu Kala Guru Uthuma...//

Nohera Vandimi Heda Gurukama Adipathi
Mihikatha Surapura Devinduthuma...//

Lahiru Madalawan Shilpeta Adipathi
Devinduta Vendemi Sirasa Nama..//


from Rhythms of Sri Lankan Drums & Folk Songs, released September 28, 2011
Drum Beats Created & Directed by: Piyasara Shilpadhipathi

Associates: Sumedha Shilpadhipathi, Karunaratna Bandara, Sumathipala Shilpadhipathi, Ravindranath Muthugala

Folk Songs Creation & Vocal: Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi

Rhythm Created & Interpreted by: Piyasara Shilpadhipathi

Chorus: Kolithabanu Dissanayake, Vijitha Anupriya Fonseka, Chiltus Dayawansa, Janet Bernadette Fonseka, Mallika Jayanti

Music Directed by: Kolithabanu Dissanayake

Introduced by: Arun Dias Bandaranayake

From: Singlanka Album CD of SLCD 200025



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Piyasara and Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi Sri Lanka

Piyasara Shilpadhipathi, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Performing Arts, Colombo, is a brilliant exponent of Sri Lankan traditional drum and dance music which he tries to link with modern styles. He has also lectured at the Royal College of Music.

He and his wife, Chandrakanthi Shilpadhipathi, a talented dancer and a folk singer, have delighted audiences in more than 30 countries.
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